HPD Launches Anonymous Tip Service As Proactive Crime Tool

The Hoboken Police Department announced today the availability of TipSoft, a service for citizens to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the Web, a text message, or from any Android or iPhone mobile device with the TipSubmit mobile app. The use of TipSoft is part of the agency’s proactive efforts to prevent, reduce, and solve crime.

Citizens are encouraged to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools. Tips can be submitted by visiting www.hobokenpd.com/tips, or by texting the word “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword “hobokenpd”.

TipSoft is successful because it uses technology that is familiar to citizens, which allows them to carry on an anonymous two-way conversation with the agency without requiring them to speak directly to an officer. TipSoft is proven to help stop and solve crimes. To date, the TipSoft system, used across the country, has received more than two million tips, resulting in 145,000 arrests, 55,000 fugitives caught, and more than $5.3 billion recovered in drugs and property – including 11,000 vehicles and 22,000 weapons.

In addition to encouraging the public to submit crime-related information using Web forms, mobile apps, and texting, TipSoft supports users’ ability to submit videos or photographs using the TipSoft mobile app. TipSoft can be used to submit information on crimes, missing children, fugitives, and other non-emergency situations.

“We welcome Hoboken PD to the list of over 900 law-enforcement organizations that are effectively using TipSoft and applaud their commitment to public safety,” says William Kilmer, CEO of PublicEngines. “With TipSoft, agencies can invite the public to take an active role in making their communities safer.”

Hoboken National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, Police Chief Edelmiro Garcia Jr, along with the Hoboken Police Department will be hosting Hoboken’s annual National Night Out. National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows community workers to give back to their community. The goals of National Night Out are to 1) heighten crime and drug awareness; 2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; 3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnership; 4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This year, we would like to see more of the Hoboken Community involved in this event. In addition to changing our event location to Church Square Park, we have added a parade, more entertainment, and a watermelon eating contest! If you are a local business or organization who wishes to participate in the parade, or the festivities, please contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante at 201-420-2100 or at gigantem@hobokenpd.org. We look forward to working together with you to make our community safer, stronger and more unified than ever before.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday September 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hoboken Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the below addresses.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

  • 400 1st Street (Lobby)
  • 106 Hudson Street
  • 311 13th Street
  • 221 Jackson Street
  • 707 Clinton Street

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills.

 

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The deadline for applications for the 2014 Junior Police Academy have now passed

Hoboken Police Department

Junior Police Academy 

The deadline for applications for the 2014 Junior Police Academy have now passed. The Junior Police Academy will take place on the following dates and location.

  • When:  July 28 to August 8, 2014 9 am to 3 pm
  • Where:  Steven’s Institute of Technology (Castle Point on Hudson)
  • Who:   Open to all City of Hoboken residents ages 12 through 15 at the start of the Junior Police Academy. 40 applicants will be selected in a public lottery.

 

The goal of Junior Police Academy is to familiarize children with the role of a Police Officer.  Participants should be prepared for a hands-on experience of a wide variety of Law Enforcement techniques and training.
The Junior Police Academy consists of various activities to prepare youths for future entry into the law enforcement field.  Several neighboring agencies including New Jersey State Police and Customs and Immigration will be coming in to teach the participants the many different aspects of law enforcement.  In addition, there will be one hour of physical training per day.  Lunch will be provided daily.
Children are required to wear sneakers along with the issued t-shirt, shorts, baseball cap, gym bag, and water bottle (items provided at orientation).
All instruction, demonstrations and presentations will be administered and supervised by the men and women of the Hoboken Police Department.
Waivers MUST be completed for participation in this program if selected for the program.

Hoboken Police Participate in “Movember” to Raise Awareness for Men’s Health

Last year we started our participation in the Movember campaign.  This year we again had our members show their support for the cause by sporting their best ”Mobro”!  (With the exception of Sgt Gigante’s who’s stache is a stickon!)  This year we had a contest for the worst mobro!  Officer John Cirillo won the contest and also was awarded a gift certificate to Hoboken Man for a precision shave!  We thank them for their support of our department!  Additionally, $150.00 will be donated to the Movember Foundation in officer Cirillo’s name from the Hoboken PSOA!  We hope for more of our personnel to get involved in the years to come.

Pictured from left to right standing: Officer Christopher Markey, Officer Juan Madera, Officer Anthony Fesken, Officer Arbend Drishti, Sergeant Ranaldo Gonzalez, Detective Robert Fulton, Officer Joe Lucignano, Officer Dylan Archilla, Officer James Barbro,  Officer John Cirillo, Officer Keith Rotondi.

Seated: Detective Vito Gigante,  Sergeant Melissa Gigante, Chief Anthony P. Falco Sr., Officer Arturo Gonzalez, Civilian Dispatcher Feliciano Santos.

Autism Emergency Contact Information

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. As a result, Chief Anthony P. Falco of the Hoboken Police Department is announcing an update to our website which includes an Autism Emergency Contact Form that may be printed, filled out and dropped off at Police Headquarters. This form is designed to give the Hoboken Police Department some critical information about the City of Hoboken’s Autistic citizens and will also aid the Department in efficiently responding to calls for service with them. The form can be found on the following website, “Licensing, Permits and Forms” page which can be found in the “Citizen Resources” menu.

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

With September designated as the 9th annual National Emergency Preparedness Month, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd recommends that New Jersey residents review their emergency plans and prepare in the event of a public health emergency.

“As always, the best time to prepare for an emergency is before it happens. New Jersey residents should take the time to review their own emergency plans and update their emergency kits. By taking some simple steps, families can decrease the risk of illness and death in the event of a public health emergency.”

Colonel Rick Fuentes, NJ State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management, noted that everyone has a role in preparedness for health emergencies. “Talk to your family about how you will communicate with each during emergencies, and where you will reunite if separated. Start to collect the basic items for your family disaster supply kit, and have non-prescription medicines and health supplies on hand. Always make sure to take prescription medicines with you if you are evacuated, and consider health-related issues of family members in your disaster plan. And visit the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website for detailed information regarding preparedness for all types of emergencies,” Colonel Fuentes said.

Everyone should make the following preparations to protect their family, their business and their community in advance of an emergency:

  • Have an emergency kit
  • Make an emergency plan
  • Stay informed
  • Get involved

Have an emergency kit: Everyone should be prepared to have enough supplies for at least three days. Emergency kits should include the basics for survival including non-perishable food, water, medicine (both over-the-counter and prescription, if possible), flashlight, transistor radio, batteries, phone chargers, baby supplies and other special medical needs.

For an extensive list of how to put a family emergency kit together, visit http://nj.gov/health/er/documents/kit.pdf.

Make an emergency plan: Families should have an emergency plan that includes all family members and friends in case family members are separated when an emergency occurs. Plans should spell out how to contact each other, where everyone will meet and what to do in various situations.

An emergency plan should also include a comprehensive contact list that includes school and health care information as well as family information. Make sure this list is updated often as cell phone numbers may change.

Police Warn Hoboken’s Seniors for Possible Phone Scams

One Hoboken senior told police recently that she received a “scam phone call.” The victim said a person claiming to be a “representative of the senior medical office.”

The caller told the elderly woman that a Medicare card was in the process of being issued, but that more information was needed.

The person on the ohter end of the line asked the woman for her social security number and checking account number. The woman gave it to the caller, police said.

The woman was told she would receive her new Medicare card in about three to four weeks and if she had any problems to call 866-468-9419.

The victim does not have caller identification but said that the caller spoke with an eastern European accent, police said.

Unfortunately, senior citizens are often targets of phone scams because con artists believe they are more susceptible, police said.

Here are some tips from the Hoboken Police Department when you’re targeted by con artists or unwanted telemarketers:

Tip #1: Never give personal information, such as bank account or social security numbers, to anyone over the phone, unless you initiated the call and know you reached the right agency.

Your Reply: “I don’t give out personal information over the phone. I’ll contact the company directly”.

Tip #2: Don’t believe it if the caller tells you to send money to cover the “handling charge” or to pay taxes.

Your Reply: “I shouldn’t have to pay for something that’s free”.

Tip #3: “Limited time offers” shouldn’t require you to make a decision on the spot.

Your Reply: “I’ll think about it and call you back, what’s your number”?

Tip #4: Be suspicious of anyone who tells you not to discuss the offer with anyone else.

Your Reply : “I’ll discuss it with my friends and family and get back to you”.

Tip #5: If you don’t understand all the verbal details, ask for it in writing.

Your Reply: I can’t make a decision until I receive written information.

The scammer will most likely keep trying to convince his intended victim, so it’s best to hang up after delivering the comeback line.

Fraudulent telemarketers may also use a senior’s forgetfulness against them. The scammer may tell his target that he’s with a well-known charity, and the senior has forgotten to send a check for a pledge.

In the event that you are the victim of a scam or fraud, do not be embarrassed, it is important that you notify the police immediately. The Hoboken Police Department’s number is 201-420-2100.

Donors needed for blood drive at Hoboken Police Department

Blood donors are in short supply over the summer so New Jersey Blood Services wants as many people to show up for its annual August blood drive at the Hoboken Police Department today.

Donors have until 8 p.m. today to give blood at the Hoboken Police headquarters at 106 Hudson St.

Blood banks are most at risk of running low of O-Negative blood, which is widely used in emergency rooms because it can be transfused into anyone. Universal donors with O-Negative blood make up just 6 percent of the population, officials say.

The Hoboken Police Department is providing lunch and dinner from local area restaurants, free of charge to all blood donors.

If anyone needs an additional incentive, donors will be entered into a raffle with six drawings and a $20 Target gift cards as the prize.